Right groups call to mark anniversary of Gezi demos
ISTANBUL - Doğan News Agency
DHA PhotoTaksim Solidarity, a collective organization of several rights groups and NGOs at the center of the Gezi Park protests of 2013, called for a march to the central Istanbul park on May 31, the date marking the second anniversary of the mass protests that sent shockwaves through the country.
“We are marking the second year of the Gezi Park protests that went nationwide and beyond. The Gezi process has yet not ended. It is ongoing,” said Mücella Yapıcı, a spokesperson for Taksim Solidarity, speaking at a press conference in the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects’ Istanbul office on May 27.
Yapıcı, who was tried at court for her role in the civil protests but later acquitted, said the protests brought people together who “yearned for a true democracy and freedom” and to make Istanbul a “more livable city.”
Well-known British activist and political economist David Harvey also attended the press conference.
“What is interesting about the Gezi Park demonstrations is that what started out as a small protest by a group of environmental activists quickly evolved into millions taking to streets to protest the unjust policies of the government,” Harvey said, adding that the Gezi protests were “globally unique” among other mass demonstrations.